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Thanks to David Bott, the AVS Administrator, I’ve been given the go-ahead to create a "Frequently Asked Questions" database, specific to HDTV.

To accomplish this, I would like to solicit your help. Yes, you, the AVS HDTV participant! The plan is to determine what this FAQ should have as questions, and what the answers, or non-answers might be.

My initial thoughts are to primarily cover entry & immediate level subjects, with a smattering of more advanced topics. This is where input is needed.

For some ideas, take a look at the AVS Tivo forum, and click on the “Tivo FAQ†link. http://www.avsforum.com/ubbcgitivo/Ultimate.cgi

Please feel free to offer your suggestions how this might work best,

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I got a lot of web sites to get you started.

http://www.avsforum.com – A Home Theater Forum that has an excellent HDTV Hardware, Programming and Recording sections
http://www.hdtvgalaxy.com/ - great place to find out what is televised in HDTV, good general information
http://www.titantv.com/ - great place to find local DTV channels available in your area as well as great help for selecting an antenna
http://www.ilovehdtv.com/hdtvforum/menu.html
http://hdtvinsider.com/ - HDTV newsletter which appears in The Perfect Vision Magazine
http://www.copperbox.com/ - HDTV STB
http://www.howstuffworks.com/hdtv.htm - how it works, good overview, great links
http://www.cnet.com/electronics/0-3622-7-2643589.html - Consumer Reports--HDTV Guide
http://home.cnet.com/electronics/0-3...4926010-1.html – CNET’s HDTV explained article
http://www.wral.com/digital/info/faq.html - good FAQ, nice site that demonstrates that there's a good amount of HD content out there right now on CBS
http://www.princeton.edu/~conorneu/hdtv/hdtv.html - good site from a college student project. Not the most current but covers the basics well. Good introductory content
http://www.ptvdigital.org/ - public television DTV web site
http://www.pbs.org/opb/crashcourse/ - simple overview of HDTV
http://www.hdtvbuyer.com/Htm/HomeSet4.htm - video professional site, good pro perspective, news, links, etc
http://www.ce.org/pdf/dtv_guide_current_issue.pdf
http://www.hdpictures.com/ - HDTV info center (on of the best resource sites)
http://www.teleport.com/~samc/hdtv/ - Sam’s Digital Television Report
http://www.twice.com/DTVcharts/1080mon.html – loads of info on most HDTV monitors currently on the market
http://home.earthlink.net/~greenevideo/index.html - HDTV production house out of Arlington, TX
http://dtv720p.com/ - programming info for ABC HDTV broadcast
http://www.widescreen.org/ - The Letterbox/Widescreen (and Open DVD) Advocacy Page
http://www.mgm.com/mgmhv/letterbox/ - Letterboxing
http://www.dtvmax.com/ - DTV and HDTV news site
http://www.dtvmax.com/dtv.htm
http://216.168.63.180/hdtv/hdtvnews1.html - good newsletter site http://www.ee.washington.edu/consele.../ntsc/95x4.htm - Explains our current TV standard (NTCS)
http://www.ee.washington.edu/consele.../hdtv/95x5.htm - Explains our new TV standard (ATSC) HDTV; but some of the info is outdated
http://216.168.63.180/hdtv/history.html - history of HDTV
http://www.interfacers.com/CurrentEv...uirements.html - HDTV Advocate
http://www.cbs.com/hdtv – HDTV schedule for CBS
http://www.novia.net/~ereitan/index.html - history of color TV, good for perspective on introducing new TV standards in the US market
http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/SoundAn dVision/FrameSet/0,1670,_sl_SoundAndVision_sl_Article_sl_0_cm_1653_cm_149_208 5_1_cm_00,00.html - Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno HDTV article

http://www.bettercables.com/mvawdvd.htm - good review of aspect ratios
http://216.168.63.180/hdtv/hdtvlinks.html - good collection of links, including links to stations now on the air with HDTV, good source for interview quotes from the station perspective.
http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Archives...11-002672.html – info on how to record HDTV
http://www.dtvisions.com/ - dtv consulting, hdtv production, digital media
http://pub1.ezboard.com/bdigitaltelevisionhdtvforum – DTV Internet board
http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/index.htm – HDTV tips site
http://www.antennaweb.org – OTA (off the air) antenna help
http://socpsych.lacollege.edu/hdtv.html - HECHT's HDTV (HD related links)
http://216.168.63.180/hdtv/prodnws2.html - production news, including the first film to be fully shot on 24fps
HDTV; good material on what's being produced on HD, implication is we can't watch it if it isn't created/produced first.
http://socpsych.lacollege.edu/hdtv.html – HDTV site index
http://www.hdtv.org/dtv/glossary.html - sparse glossary http://www.hdfest.com - the world's only high-definition film festival
http://www.henninger.com/library/hdtvfilm/ - good overview of resolutions & conversions; resolution charts
http://www.atsc.org/ - the people who set the standard
http://gehon.ir.miami.edu/com/classes/cbr535/hdtv.htm - good links; very good collection of links to pertinent HDTV documents
http://www.channel4000.com/partners/tv/hometown/partners-tv-hometown-19991126-195042. html - basic FAQ from WCCO Minneapolis
http://tvschedules.about.com/tvradio/tvschedules/gi/dy namic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fcc.gov%2Foet%2Ffaqs%2Fdtv faqs.html - FCC FAQ page, a little technical for the layman, but pretty informative
http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/index.htm - Keohi HDTV
http://www.digitaltelevision.com - good collection of info, good archive on CODFM vs. 8VSB
http://www.digitaltelevision.com/dtvbook/glossary.shtml - full glossary
http://www.highdef.org/ - HD production news and info
http://www.digitalmedianet.com/HTM/R...analogMORE.htm - survey of broadcast & production facilities, shows that 30% are already all digital; good adoption rate/conversion states that he/she will need
http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/010112.html – info and opinions on DFAST issue


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STATIONS BROADCASTING HDTV:

(CBS) - broadcasting 1080i
Most of the CBS prime-time schedule is broadcast in HDTV each night. The Young and the Restless as well as special events, movies and sporting events are also broadcast in HDTV. Thus far this year CBS has broadcast the all AFC play-off games, Sony Open, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and the Masters in HDTV.

(ABC) - broadcasting 720p
ABC broadcasts several movies a month (Wonderful World of Disney and ABC’s Saturday/Sunday night Big Picture) and 'NYPD Blue' in HDTV & 5.1 DD. It is rumored that ABC will follow CBS lead and broadcast a majority of its prime-time shows in HDTV for the 2001-2002 season. They will likely bring Monday Night Football back to HDTV as well.

(PBS) - broadcasting 1080i
PBS transmits 2 - 3 new shows/documentaries a month in HDTV, plus several SDTV widescreen shows/documentaries. They also show HDTV Demonstrations regularly through out the day.

(NBC) - broadcasting 1080i
NBC carries 'The Tonight Show' in HDTV each evening. NBA all-star game as well as Dallas Mav playoff games. ER may have a shoot of being in HDTV next season since ER is presented in widescreen this season.

(Fox) - broadcasting 480p
Fox does not broadcast true HDTV (720p or 1080i), but many Fox shows are in widescreen 480p

(HBO) – broadcasting 1080i
About 75% of the movies on HBO is in HDTV. The rest are upconverted to HDTV (480i to 1080I) Most of HBO produced movies are shown in HDTV. The Soprano’s is broadcast in HDTV. The Bruce Springsting Concert has also be televised in HDTV and 5.1 DD.

(ShowTime) – broadcasting 1080i
ShowTime is currently only available on C-Band (I think), Dish Network and some Cable systems. I would say that about 60% of the movies on ShowTime are broadcast in HDTV. The rest are upconverted to HDTV.

(MSG-HD) – broadcasting 1080i
Madison Square Garden’s sports station shows the Knick, Rangers and Yankees home games in HDTV. But it is currently an exclusive to Cablevision in NY. It will be available for other cable and satellite companies in 2002.

(Fox Sports – HD) – broadcasting 1080i
Fox sports broadcast New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Nets, and New York Mets home games in HDTV. But it is currently an exclusive to Cablevision in NY.

(Discovery) - broadcasting 1080i
The Discovery channel should have its HDTV channel up and running by the end of the year.

(Portland Trail Blazers) - broadcasting format is unknown at this time 720p or 1080i
Paul Allen and the Portland Trail Blazers have confirmed an HDTV Sports Channel which may be on the air as soon end of the summer. http://www1.nba.com/blazers/news/hdt...av=ArticleList

(Mark Cuban’s HDTV Sport Channel) - broadcasting format unknown 720p or 1080i
Mark Cuban founder of http://www.broadcast.com and owner of the Dallas Mavericks is also planing an HDTV Sports Network.


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This is a great idea. Of course, what we probably should answer is some of the "Frequently asked questions" Here are some of the ones I see a lot.

1) Is HDTV available where I live?
2) What kind of antenna do I need?
3) What kind of receiver equipment do I need?
4) What is the deal with that Bob Utne guy? ;-)
5) Should I get a 4:3 or 16:9 set?
6) Can I record HDTV?
7) What HDTV can I get with a satellite dish?
8) What HDTV can I get via cable?
9) How do the broadcasters know when RodManBra fires up his panny so they can turn down their broadcast power?
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An FAQ is a very good idea. I've done an FAQ for HDTV that is more specific to Detroit, but perhaps it could be cited as a reference in this FAQ.

It's located at: http://www.rreini.com/hdtv/faq-HDTV-Detroit.htm

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I think it should have something dealing with Front and Rear Projection Televisions, and HTPC as a valid recording/viewing option.


This is going to be a BIG endeavor on your part I think. More power to u.

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Don't forget
Paul Carelton's Home Theater SPot which has quite a bit of HDTV material, including tweaks and tips for Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and other RPTV's.

I'd also like to see a list of current HDTV OTA in the various metropolitan areas.

My area (Phoenix):[*]15.1 56-1,2 abc knxv-hd (Broadcasting HDTV)[*] 17 cbs kpho-dt (Broadcasting SDTV only NO HDTV!!!)[*]12.1 36 nbc kpnx-dt (Broadcasting HDTV)[*]10.1 31 fox ksaz-dt (HDTV capable??)[*]45 26 upn (reportedly HDTV capable, but no material)[*]8.1 29.1 pbs kaet (Broadcasting HDTV)

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